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Historic Mifflin County Courthouse, Mifflin County Historic Society

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1842–1843, Holman and Simon; 1878, Daniel Ziegler. 1 W. Monument Sq.
  • (Photograph by Matthew Aungst)
  • (© George E. Thomas)

Although no longer serving its original function, this third Mifflin County courthouse marks the westward flow of Greek Revival style as the emblem of civic order. The two-and-one-half-story brick temple faces Monument Square with a pedimented portico of four Ionic columns and two pilasters. The first-story rectangular windows have keystone lintels and paneled shutters, while beneath the dentiled box cornice the second-story elongated arched windows have hood moldings. Originally a three-by-five-bay building, it was lengthened to eight bays by Ziegler in 1878. At that time he drew up plans for the massive clock tower surmounted by a hexagonal cupola with a silvered dome. The pedimented recessed entrance with Ionic pilasters echoes the portico. Double paneled doors beneath a transom window open into the central hall, where two curved staircases lead to the second-floor courtroom. Across the square stands the present courthouse, a modern Classical Revival design of 1978 by Jon Spalding.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "Historic Mifflin County Courthouse, Mifflin County Historic Society", [Lewistown, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of PA vol 2

Buildings of Pennsylvania: Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania, George E. Thomas, with Patricia Likos Ricci, Richard J. Webster, Lawrence M. Newman, Robert Janosov, and Bruce Thomas. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 433-433.

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